From creating a majority of our favorite comic book characters of the Marvel Universe — do Spiderman and the Hulk ring a bell? — to changing the face of comics forever, Lee’s a major force to be reckoned with…and is still going strong nine decades later.
Besides making the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, andThor household names with his thrilling plots, Lee also added a twist of humanity to each of his characters, giving them emotions and an essential flaw, and, thus, going against the traditional comic book standards.
Forever young at heart, Lee spearheaded the expansion of Marvel Comics, taking the small publishing company and turning it into the large multimedia corporation it is today. Not to mention he’s had cameos in more superhero films than anybody else—that’s what you get for making the characters come to life.
To celebrate the big (and we mean big) 9-0, check out our gallery of Lee’s most unforgettable characters — and enjoy a whole lotta super-hero trivia!
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